Experiments in Opera: Happiness is the Problem by Jason Cady / Excerpts from Brother Brother by Aaron Siegel / Cough Button’s To ScaleThursday, May 10, 2012 @ 8:00 pm
Happiness is the Problem
Christie Finn, soprano
Megan Schubert, soprano
Lisa Komara, mezzo-soprano
“But, I mean, in order to, to actually do human trials you have to go through all this rigmarole, and rent is due, we don’t have time”¦”
Happiness is the Problem is a two-act opera buffa and comic book about idealism and disillusionment. It presents three young women who sell an elixir of happiness derived from the secretions of slugs which they market as “Euphoressence.”
Happiness is the Problem has had preview performances at The Stone, the Wilmette Theater, and Issue Project Room.
For this evening’s concert, Aaron Siegel will be presenting two excerpts from Brother Brother, featuring Amanda Sidebottom (soprano), Patrick Fennig (countertenor), Jonathan Hampton (tenor), Thomas McCargar (bass), and Emily Manzo (piano).
Brother Brother is an operatic work for percussion, strings, choir soloists and actors that explores the enigma of brotherhood. The story follows the lives of two pairs of brothers-one historical (Orville and Wilbur Wright) and one fictional (Red and Blue)-as they discover the character of their bond to one another.
To Scale, is a work-in-progress that details the relationship between an architect and her scalies — the two-dimensional characters who populate architectural models. Co-written by Lynn Levy, Dave Ruder, and Aliza Simons, To Scale explores the gap between creator and created. The piece will also play with novel techniques to bridge the gap between singer and listener, including the use of localized transmitters, picked up by radios in the audience.